Cordkillers 218 - Tom Solo (w/ Megan Morrone)
New Star Wars TV show, Sense8 finale date, and an Amazon Fire Cube? All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Megan Morrone ( http://twitter.com/meganmorrone ).
CordKillers: Ep. 218 - Tom Solo
Recorded: April 30 2018
Guest: Megan Morrone
- The Wertzone: New STAR WARS TV series RESISTANCE announced
- Disney and Lucasfilm announced the next Star Wars animated series will be called Star Wars: Resistance, produced by Dave Filoni.
- Set shortly before the Force Awakens
- Kazuda Xiono, an ace pilot recruited by General Leia Organa and trained by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac voicing)
- Recurring villain will be Captain Phasma (Gwendolyn Christie voicing)
- BB-8 will show up
- Will mix 3D animation with cel-shaded anime influence.
- Debut on Disney channel this autumn.
- Separate from live action show being produced by Jon Favreau coming late 2019.
How to Watch
- Apple TV and Android see increase in streaming video viewership in Q1
- Conviva (video AI platform) announced streaming estimates.
- Streaming video hours grew 114% yoy to 5 billion hours
- 174% increase in North America.
- App-based viewing up 136%
- Apple TV grew 709% to 256 million hours
- Roku grew 87% to more than a billion hours
- Android up 168%
- iOS up 138%
- Mobile leads in plays with 42%
- TV sets lead in hours at 54%
- Viewers Are Ditching Cable For Streaming Faster Than Anyone Expected
- Last week earnings reports from cable providers
- Charter (Spectrum) lost 122K TV subs Q1
- Comcast lost 96K TV subs Q1 (4th Q of sub losses)
- DirecTV lost 188K subs in Q1
- Total cable subscriber numbers declined 3.4% over the course of 2017
What to Watch
- Netflix's The Rain Trailer Shows the Horror of a Precipitation Post-Apocalypse
-Danish horror series The Rain got a trailer. The series is about a world in which rain kills you. It arrives on Netflix May 4.
- Sense8 Finale movie will arrive on Netflix June 8.
- Amazon renews 'Jack Ryan' months before it premieres
- Amazon ordered a second season of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan which doesn't premiere the first season until August 31.
- Harry Potter Alumni Will Journey to Outer Space in YouTube Red Series Origin
- Natalia Tena (Tonks in Harry Potter and Osha on Game of Thrones) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter and Flash) will star in YouTub Red's Origin with Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil) directing. The show is about Lana and Logan, passengers on a stranded spacecraft heading to a distant planet. Origin debuts later this year.
- Mysterious New Star Trek, Cloverfield, and A Quiet Place Sequels Are in Development
- Paramount announced sequels for Star Trek, Cloverfield and A Quiet Place last week.The new Star Trek is not the Quentin Tarantino one but will be directed by S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, The Defenders, and Life on Mars) and Variety says it will be about Chris Pine's Kirk meeting his father played by Chris Hemsworth.
- Netflix has ordered Follow This, a short-form documentary series from BuzzFeed
- Hollywood Reporter says Netflix has ordered a documentary series from Buzzfeed called Follow This. The 20-episode 15-minute weekly will feature Buzzfeed rerporters on multiple topics. A clip was showed from an episode about ASMR.
- Netflix orders sci-fi series with 'Battlestar Galactica' actor
- Netflix ordered a 10-episode series called Another Life, starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as astronaut Niko Breckenridge leading a crew investigating an alien artifact. The series was created by Aaron Martin who did the Slasher TV series.
What We're Watching
- Brian: The Expanse, Avengers Infinity War, Sex House
- Tom: The Expanse, Deadwood, Sex House, Avengers Infinity War, Westworld
- Megan: Westworld, Silicon Valley, Better Call Saul Season 3, Shameless (US) Season 2
- On the Lookout: 3%
- Disney And Twitter Strike New Live Content, Advertising Deal
- Disney will create live sports, news and entertainment programming for Twitter. The content will be created by ESPN, ABC, Disney Channels Freeform and the movie studio.
- MoviePass’s Unlimited-Movies Subscription is Gone — For Now
- Movie Pass CEO Mitch Lowe told Hollywood Reporter he doesn't know if the unlimited version of MoviePass will return. As we mentioned previously right now you can only buy a membership that gives you 4 movies a month. Also MoviePass changed the terms of service to prohibit seeing select movies more than once for all subscribers.
- YouTube Takes New Aim at TV Advertising Budgets
- YouTube is rolling out three ad programs to target viewers of video on TVs. "YouTube On TV screens" lets advertisers target TV along with the existing smartphone, tablet and desktop targeting. YouTube TV, the cable replacement service, will now have ad inventory available through Google Preferred which delivers ads to the top 5% YouTube channels. And a new segment in AdWords called "Light TV viewers" targets people who watch TV online and are unlikely to subscribe to pay TV.
- The NFL is streaming Thursday night games on Amazon again (which means they won’t be on YouTube)
- Amazon has renewed a deal to stream Thursday night football. Prime Video subscribers will get access but the games will also be streamed free on Twitch.
- Hulu will not make any more seasons of The Path starring Aaron Paul. The third season just finished streaming in March.
- Amazon confirms the existence of a 'Fire TV Cube'
- AFTVNews found a page on Amazon.com where you can sign up for more info on a Fire TV Cube. Engadget received a scan of a manual for an Amazon Ethernet adapter that contained an illustration of a Fire TV Cube.
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Brian and Tom,
I just moved from the US to Canada. We were winning the cordkillers revolution in the US, but Canada is truly the front lines. Remember a decade ago when cable companies made sure the content stayed off of streaming services? Remember when there was no Hulu, SlingTV, YouTube Tv, YouTube Red, HBO Go, or Prime Video? That's where we are here.
We tried to find a set top box that offered an app for CTV (Canadian Television Network) ... one that you could access with a remote control.
I bought a Roku. I bought an Apple TV. Then I even bought an Android TV box. None of them could do this.
So I took all those boxes back and am currently chromecasting things from my phone's app. I've had to give up on the "lean-back with a Roku remote" experience. And we've temporarily given up on a lot of good content. I don't know why Canadians don't demand better.
That's your news from the front. Please send reinforcements.
Hey Brian, Tom and Bryce,
Just wanted to drop you a quick email about an upgrade I've just done. I retired a HTPC I bought 8 years ago for about £280. It was a Zotac ION mini-PC with a small SSD running Windows 7.
It's been replaced by a totally silent Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with a memory card, case, and IR reciever.. all for under £50, which is amazing £230 saving on my original HTPC setup. It's capable of playing back the newer h.265 encoded 1080p files, which the HTPC couldn't, and can act as a simple NAS for my other TVs to stream from.
The added bonus is that it's so small, we can easily stick it in a bag to take on holiday, which is great for the family to watch a film together on the TV wherever we go. We needed something like that which could work without any data (wifi or mobile) connection, and this fits the bill perfectly.
I've blogged about how I've set it all up, which you and my fellow Cordkillers might find interesting;
Keep up the good work!
I'm listening later in the week than normal to ep 217 so you may have already gotten a bunch of responses to this. I subscribe to Starz, HBO and Showtime via Amazon [Channels] and while I, like Brian thoroughly enjoy the Prime Video experience wherever the app is available, I do have occasion to use the apps outside of Amazon (particularly, my daughter has occasion to use them on her AppleTV in her college dorm room). In my experience, each of the services make it really easy to use your Amazon login for the service. The catch is you have to do it at the service's website and select Amazon as your TV provider, then login with your Amazon account info. This is also true if you subscribe through Hulu or another over-the-top service. Then authorize your Roku/AppleTV/whatever as you normally would.
Hope this helps,
Is it spoiler-free or spoiler-filled?
Our newborn baby prevented me from seeing The Last Jedi, but a recent Aftertalk spoiled [[REDACTED]]. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s not really clear if those that are spoiler sensitive can enjoy Aftertalk immediately or if they need to ensure they are caught up on their content before consuming.
So... which is it?
"[condensed Netflix cinema emails here]
We got a lot of emails about Netflix potentially buying physical cinemas! Here were some of your ideas:
John wrote in and said the cinema experience may be good for one-off viewings for non-subscribers (he mentions show the movie Annihilation to his non-subscribing friend)
Kaylee wrote in and suggested they could be spaces for all-day binge sessions, live/interactive MST3K/Rocky Horror-type shows, premieres with Q&A or commentary, even live screenings of concerts or events. They'd also make good spaces for market research and test screenings.
Robert wrote in and said Netflix could intend to make money screening traditional blockbusters or include a MoviePass-style subscription with or alongside a Netflix subscription--there's money in concessions! He also mentions a Stranger Things pop-up in Chicago that Netflix C&D'd. Having a phhysical space could make themed events a top-tier event to go to.
Jeff wrote in and said he might not ever pay full-price to see a Netflix program, but he may pay a marginal fee like $5 or use MoviePass. He'd go see something if he only had to pay concessions!
Chris also wrote in and mentioned physical locations would also be good outlets for physical merchandise."
This may have come up but have you guys paid attention to the Counterpart intro?